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Livin' the Blues: Memoirs of a Black Journalist and Poet (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography) Paperback – January 10, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (January 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299135047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299135041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The memoirs of Frank Marshall Davis (1905-87) offer a fascinating view of early 20th - century America from the perspective of a gifted African American writer. Struggling against the restrictions of racisim, Davis, in his fight for self-esteem, developed a powerful voice as a journalist and a poet. Davis, the journalist, wrote for several major African American newspapers, serving as an advocate for the black voice in both art and society. Davis, the poet, published four volumes of poetry. His love of language and his poetic voice shine through in this creative representation of his life as a blues narrative. Woven into his life story is a vivid portrayal of African American cultural history of the 1930s and 1940s. Using the language of the jazz age, Davis integrates the history of jazz with his own developing sense of racial pride. His autobiography is an important addition to the recovery of significant American voices and belongs in most libraries.
- Judy Solberg, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Adds a fearless new voice to the Black Renaissance." - Kirkus Reviews; "Both a social commentary and intellectual exploration into African American life in the twentieth century." - Charles Vincent, Atlanta History

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By peridot on March 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for readers who love music, poetry, history, personal writing style, memoir, and humor. Davis is honest and open and very funny. The realities faced by "duskyamericans" (his neologism for the melanized, African-American, long-suffering citizens on one side of the color line) are described in vivid terms, with honest emotion, and the wisdom of a deep thinker. Some of the conversations in this book would make wonderful Public Service Announcements about tolerance. Example: Question: Why did you marry outside your race? Answer: I didn't, I married a human.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark K. Davis on May 27, 2010
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This book is highly recommended. It clearly refutes the lies and other misinformation regarding Davis's "radical" influence on Barack Obama. Used in conjuction with "The Writings of Frank Marshall Davis," Davis's political posture is self-evident. This book confirms that Davis was primarily a writer and civil rights activist, and by no means a collectivist.

The conservative blogosphere seems to have swallowed disinformation about Davis from Freddoso, Corsi, and others, hook, line & sinker, in an effort to discredit Obama through guilt-by-association. A disinformation campaign is like a house of cards, or an illusion fabricated over a framework of falsehoods. When enough support is withdrawn, the disinformation reveals its true colors. So it was with the Bush administration's Iraqi "threat" myth, which falsely claimed WMD stockpiles and mobile weapons labs largely based upon false reports from Iraqi source "Curveball." So it is with disinformation regarding the Davis-Obama relationship myth, largely based upon false reports from the conservative "Ministry of Truth" source, Cliff Kincaid's so-called "Accuracy In Media" (AIM). Their parallel functions belie any coincidence in their parallel names.

Just as there are a few loyalists who still insist that Bush told the truth about the Iraqi threat despite overwhelming evidence of deception, so too are there misguided souls who believe Davis-Obama disinformation despite overwhelming evidence of deception. In both cases, some Americans would rather believe fully discredited lies than admit they were duped. They don't have the courage or integrity to admit their mistakes. For everyone else: "Follow the evidence" of deception, for it is irrefutable.
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